Luxury Rhône Cruise
Let the gentle currents of the Rhône transport you through Burgundy and Provence aboard your fantastic river cruise ship. Discover the region's verdant vineyards and absorb the atmosphere of its historic towns, soaring cathedrals and half-timbered houses as you sail from Lyon, taking in the UNESCO-protected centre of Avignon.
Board your flight at the airport today to Lyon. Upon arrival, transfer to the dock where you board your ship, the AmaCello. Once settled in, enjoy welcome drinks ahead of meeting your captain and his crew.
On Day 2 you explore Lyon. This fantastic city sits on the banks of the Rhône and the Saône Rivers and features beautiful architecture of various colours. You begin your explorations with a visit to Fourvière Hill, capped by the marvellous white basilica which you have free time to explore. After your descent, you take a guided tour of Lyon, seeing the Palace Bellecour, the town hall and the Old Town. Your time afterwards is your own. Enjoy dinner on board tonight with your fellow passengers as your ship continues down the Rhône to Collanges.
Docking near to Collanges in the morning, you disembark. This captivating area, the Beaujolais region, is known for its magnificent wines, produced here under the appellation d'origine contrôlée certificate. Your excursion today sees you visit the wine-making village of Oignt to meet a local vintner. You are regaled with the history of Beaujolais wine production, enjoy a tour of the plantation along with a wine tasting. Back on board, your ship makes its way back to Lyon. Why not take in the superb scenery of the Rhône from the lounge? On arrival, you are free to discover more of this riverside town. The enormous urban park, Parc de la Tete d'Or is well worth a visit. Later, the AmaCello sails into Vienne.
Vienne is one of the oldest towns in France, with roots all the way back to the ancient Gallic tribe known as the Allobroges. Your time here can be spent in three different ways. Your first option sees you discover the enthralling Roman heritage of the town with visits to the well-preserved Roman temple and the Roman theatre before continuing to the medieval abbey. A guided bike ride is your second option in which you take to the ViaRhôna cycle route for a relaxing riverside excursion. Finally, your third option is an escorted walk up to Mt. Pipet. This small hill serves as a panoramic viewpoint. Later to your ship arrives into Tournon.
Made up of grey stone chateaux and riverside cafés, Tournon is surrounded by remarkable countryside. Your choice of excursions here is varied and the first option is a return rail journey through the Gorges de Doux. This route travels alongside a series of natural gorges, carved into the landscape and filled with the greens of the overhanging trees and the shimmering blue of the Doux river. Your second option is a visit to Tournon's castle, the Chateau de Tournon. In the elegant surroundings of this regal old castle, you enjoy a presentation on chocolate and wine, as well as a tasting. Your third and final option is a walk to Tain-l'Hermitage, where you try some of the local wine. Tonight your ship sails on; perhaps enjoy drinks under the stars on the deck.
This morning you moor near to the ancient town of Avignon. An excellent example of a medieval French city, Avignon was once the Papal seat of power and relives is ecclesiastical legacy through its majestic buildings and reverent architecture. A guided city tour here is your first option today. Your second option visits the ever-impressive Pont du Gard aqueduct, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your third option allows you to discover the gastronomic side of Provence as you sit down with a local chef for a cooking lesson. After lunch, you visit the village of Grignan. Rising up from the lavender fields, this town is dominated by an impregnable fortress of some grandeur. After time here, you continue to a local truffle farm for a lesson on these elusive fungi. Famously hard to find, due to their need for unique conditions in which to grow, truffles are regarded as high-value additions to many plates in international cuisine.
You arrive into Arles this morning. From here, you can take a coach to Les Baux de Provence. This commune is regarded as one of the most beautiful villages in France thanks to its magnificent scenery and exceptional medieval castle. You spend some time here before moving on to an olive farm. Your other option for today sees you take an Artist's Experience tour to the Carrière de Lumières. This exhibition is set in an old quarry and features artworks projected onto the white quarry walls. From here, you visit the Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Impressionist master Van Gogh painted some of his most famous works. After lunch on board, you have a choice of another two excursions. The first takes you on a sightseeing tour of Arles. Another ancient Roman settlement, the city of Arles is a tapestry of the different people and cultures who have passed through this area. Alternatively, you may wish to choose a bike tour through the local Roman ruins. On Day 8, you disembark in Arles, transferring to the airport for your flight home.
Itineraries may be subject to change by the cruise operator and may be affected by tidal and general river conditions.
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The River Cruise and All Transfers
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This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.